Jobs You Can Start Today
It's another month, another rent check to write and now you have a dental bill that's bigger than you expected. Maybe you're a student or a parent who has been staying home and out of the work force, but you now really need to get working. What is a job that you can start right now?
Online salary and career site PayScale.com has come up with a list of jobs that require little, if any, previous experience and do not require a bachelor's degree, special skills or vocational training. Your chances at getting these jobs may be helped with more skills, experience and education, but the right employer could hire you without them. Most of these jobs require on-the-job training, but at least you're getting paid while you learn.
Here we feature the five highest-paid gigs on PayScale's list of jobs you can start today. Below that is the full list of job titles, as well as their median pay for the first five years on the job and what the most common level of education is for each.
Median annual salary: $46,000
Account executives exist in almost every industry and the job varies greatly depending on what company you're working for. In essence, you're in charge of maintaining the relationship between your company and its clients. You could work in advertising, for a medical devices company, a beverage distributor or a machine parts company. Whatever a company sells to a client, they need that client relationship to be nurtured and improved at all times.
2. Sales consultant, automobile/cars
Median annual salary: $38,000
Can you get someone to fall in love with a car enough to buy it? If you're a natural at the listening, questioning and (not-always-so-gentle) encouragement required to be a successful salesperson, there are likely opportunities for you in the car sales business. Your hours may be heavy on weekends and evenings -- but, if you are successful, your pay could grow quickly.
Median annual salary: $36,000
As a manufacturing technician, your job is, typically, to assemble a product of some kind. You could be soldering wires together under a microscope or fitting all the components of a radio into the external case. Your job includes making sure that your tools are functioning and are calibrated properly. Safety and a team focus are also essential.
Median annual salary: $34,000
You sit in the middle of the storm of office activity and help make sure that everyone is able to get their work done. From making travel arrangements to restocking the printer with paper, the office manager must cover a variety of tasks. You may do billing work and handle customer service requests. The possibilities are almost endless. Your job description will depend on which office you work for. Being flexible, responsive and decisive are great qualities to have for this job.
Median annual salary: $31,000
As an installer, you go into people's homes and connect their cable system to one or more television sets or computers for high-speed Internet. You have to be good at troubleshooting and comfortable explaining to subscribers how to operate their cable system. As your skills grow, you can get into other technical jobs in the telecommunications industry, which changes quickly as new technologies become available.
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Bridget Quigg is the web content editor for online salary database PayScale.com.
Located in Seattle, Wash., Bridget specializes in writing and editing content for blogs, websites and feature articles.
Bridget graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English. She teaches creative writing and is also a songwriter who regularly performs music and comedic story-telling in the Seattle area and beyond. Her most recent one-woman show was titled, "Almost Female: A Jockette's Awesome Journey."